IH Riga ‘Teach Differently’ Conference: 7 Snippets

It was a pity to miss out on hosting the IH Young Learner conference in the vote (IH Reggio Calabria did a fantastic job of organising from what I saw and heard from afar!). Undeterred, soon after hearing the result we refocused our efforts on organising a teacher training day aimed primarily at English teachers [...]


Anti-Social Media? Alister’s class guest blog

Facebook is one of the most prevalent channels for communication, with over 2 billion active monthly users at the moment. After completing the unit of work on Communication: Let's Talk my IH Riga-Satva colleague Alister's 10 to 12-year-old B1 students gave their pennies worth, writing points for and against social media being the best way to communicate. So making the most of the blog again as [...]

From Forming to Performing: Group Dynamics

https://www.slideshare.net/JamesEgerton/from-forming-to-performing-group-dynamics The following is a summary of my presentation at ILC IH Brno's 'Imagine - a conference for teachers' teacher training conference on Saturday 24th February... Why group dynamics?  In short, human beings are group beings. Most of us grow up in groups (families), work in groups (companies), play in groups (teams) and live in [...]

Dare to Differ: 10 Things I Learned

Dare to Differ, IH Italy's inaugural conference organised and hosted by IH Rome, lived up to its ambitious title. All speakers took the theme on board in their chosen topics, referring again and again to how introducing new concepts, trying new things and being creative can benefit our learners. I was fortunate enough to attend [...]

“Can I have some chair?” Rethinking Grammar Rules

Call me loopy, but I believe that teaching English grammar should reflect real use of English outside the classroom. There are accepted rules, sure, but if rules only represent a narrow and/or dead version of the language, why then kick the empty can down the road to the English learner? The desperate thing about grammar dogma [...]

Super Bowl Lesson Plan

It's great to be able to link English lessons to a real-life cultural phenomenon, and there are few bigger in the USA than Super Bowl Sunday. Here's a lesson plan inspired by English Teaching Forum (Vol.48 No.4) magazine's suggestions back in 2010, but with a final activity focused on Sunday 4th February 2018's Super Bowl [...]